Review ~ The Perfects by Rachel Van Dyken

The PerfectsThe Perfects by Rachel Van Dyken
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Perfects was an interesting read, and I felt that some aspects were a bit rushed. Ambrose and Mary-belle’s relationship developed quickly, and within a few chapters had crossed lines and fell for one another. Jump a few weeks and an incident occurs that ends up turning Ambrose’s world upside down, and he turns against Mary-belle.

Ambrose and his former friend Quinn, had a dark history and when someone comes back into their lives, Ambrose got himself in a situation that he shouldn’t have. I liked that he was able to rekindle his friendship with Quinn. Mary-belle was the perfect person to bring them back together. I felt the ending was a bit rushed, especially the part around Ambrose’s mother. Parts of this read were great but other aspects left me scratching my head. This read could do with some tweaking, and it’s definitely not as good as her previous work.

Title: The Perfects
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance
Published: October 11, 2022

Everything was perfect.
Until it wasn't.

Until my family took on a foster girl and placed her across the hall from me. A charity case to look good and a person who should have never existed in my world.
I kissed her to get her to stop talking, and then I kissed her again because I liked the taste of her words—I liked her.
It was our secret until we got caught—that night changed everything.

We became strangers living in the same house, seeing the same ghosts of our past mistakes, but I can't stop thinking about us, about those forbidden moments.
I pretend to hate her, I tell her I'll never forgive her, and then Quinn, my ex-best friend, steps into the picture. I can't tell if he actually likes her or if he has a death wish and just likes pissing me off, but what do I say? Stay away from my step-sister?
She's mine?
I've already had her?
Saying that to him would expose what we were and ruin everything.
We're all three of us living multiple lies, and eventually, I know our ivory tower of perfection is going to come crashing down.

He knows my secrets.
I know his.
And now she knows both.

She wants.
He wants.
But I always—always get what I want.

And what I want is the girl, no matter what it may cost me.

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